Research News

  • Big data for big discoveries

    Posted on July 31, 2018

    The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of three South African universities taking a novel approach to analysing big data, building capacity and research expertise ahead of the deluge of data expected to come streaming in through new telescopes like the South African Radio Astronomy...

  • New breast cancer research shows promise for the future

    Posted on July 30, 2018

    A major challenge in cancer research is to find agents that target cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone and unharmed. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments can have many undesirable side effects because they damage healthy cells as well.

  • Communication is costly in Heaviside's Dolphins

    Posted on July 20, 2018

    Research led by scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) has shed light on an evolutionary arms race with a twist. This research, conducted by Morgan J. Martin, a PhD student from UP has found that the small Heaviside’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) selectively switch between...

  • White rhinos communicate through their ablution habits

    Posted on July 19, 2018

    A study by a University of Pretoria researcher into the ablution habits of white rhinos in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, has revealed that these animals use their place of defecation to communicate with each other and take decisions that can affect their ecology.

  • Department of Physics represents UP at MeerKAT inauguration

    Posted on July 17, 2018

    Prof Roger Deane from the Department of Physics represented UP at the launch of the MeerKAT radio telescope, inaugurated by Deputy President David Mabuza in the Northern Cape. Built and operated by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), the MeerKAT comprises 64 radio dishes, each...

  • UP academic, ‘a fighter against hunger'

    Posted on July 13, 2018

    Hunger is on the rise again worldwide, despite the rapid progress needed to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Currently, one person in three is...

  • UP academics are category finalists in NSTF Awards

    Posted on June 11, 2018

    Profs Namrita Lall, Xiaohua Xia, Mmantsae Diale, Kevin Wall and the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), headed by Prof Tiaan de Jager are category finalists in this year’s prestigious National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards.

  • UP awarded a Nutrition and Food Security Chair

    Posted on June 07, 2018

    Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, Director of the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security led by the University of Pretoria (UP), and an associate of the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Well-being, has won the bid for the first five-year cycle of the Department of...

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